The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 66:6
He turned the sea into dry [land]…
The Red sea, or sea of
Zuph, as the Targum; by causing a strong east wind to blow, which made
it dry, so that the children of Israel passed through it on dry ground,
(Exodus 14:21,22) . Or, "he turneth" F25; for though the allusion is to the
making the Red sea dry land, when the Israelites passed through it; yet
it refers to something to be done in the times of Christ and the Gospel
dispensation. So Christ might be said to do this literally, when he
walked upon the sea of Galilee as on dry land, and enabled Peter to do
so likewise, (Matthew 14:25,29) ; and figuratively, when he makes his people
walk through the sea of this world, and the waters of afflictions in
it, without overflowing them. He with them, bears them up, and upholds
them with his right hand; so that they pass on, as on dry land, till
they come safe to the shores of bliss and happiness;
they went through the flood on foot;
or "river" F26; the river Jordan,
as the Targum: for this alludes not to the passage of the Israelites
through the sea, but through Jordan, when they entered into the land,
of Canaan, (Joshua 3:17) . The words may be rendered, according to Kimchi,
``they shall pass through the river on foot;''
the Targum adds,
``the children of Israel;''
so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions. Such
things are said in prophecy concerning the people of God in future
times; see (Isaiah 11:15,16) (51:10,11) . So the river Euphrates shall be
dried up, to make way for the kings of the east, (Revelation 16:12) ;
there did we rejoice in him;
still alluding to the above cases, when
Israel passed through the Red sea, and sung praise to God; and went
through Jordan, and set up stones of memorial, (Exodus 15:1) (Joshua 4:6,7) . Or
"there shall we rejoice in him": so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin,
Ethiopic, Syriac, and Arabic versions; only the latter reads in the
singular, "he shall rejoice." The Targum is,
``I will lead them to the mountain of his holiness, there shall
we rejoice in his word:''
in the essential Word, the Messiah, as the saints do rejoice in him in
his house, under his word and ordinances; when they see the salvation
wrought out by him, and their interest in it; the righteousness he has
brought in, and themselves clothed with it; pardon procured by him, and
that applied to them; and when they are favoured with a sight of him,
and communion with him; so will they rejoice in him when the marriage
of the Lamb is come, and the bride is ready; when antichrist shall be
destroyed, and they shall have got the victory over him; then they
shall stand on the sea of glass, and there shall they sing the song of
Moses and of the Lamb, (Revelation 19:7,8) (18:20) (15:2,3) ; and when they shall
have come through all their difficulties safely to heaven; there shall
they rejoice in Christ, and with him to all eternity.
F25 (Kph) "convertit", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus…
F26 (rhnb) "per fluvium", Gejerus.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalm 66:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=066&verse=006>. 1999.